How to Build a Capsule Jewellery Collection

I love jewellery and own way too much of it (wait, can you ever have too much?), but on a daily basis you will find me reaching for the same pieces off my dressing table. With the hectic lives that we lead, it makes a lot of sense to have some staple (and I don't mean boring) pieces that make up your daily jewellery wardrobe. These are pieces that reflect your style, and match each other and the clothes that you wear everyday. Read on for my tips on how to select pieces for your daily capsule.

Firstly, and most importantly, your preferences...

Which category of jewellery do you naturally gravitate towards? Earrings? Rings? Necklaces?

This is one of the first questions I ask when I speak to anybody seeking advice on jewellery styling.

I am a straight-up earrings and rings girl - I naturally gravitate toward them and the bigger, the better. I do wear other types of jewellery, but sometimes I don't want to think too hard about whether my bangles are clashing with my rings, or if my necklace length is appropriate for my neckline. However, I have friends who feel naked without a big statement necklace or their sentimental bangle stack.

My advice here is to identify if you have a preference for a particular category of jewellery, and make that piece that larger area of focus. So earring girls, your capsule collection should focus on a really statement-making pair of earrings, while keeping the other jewellery simpler -- not a really loud pair of earrings, an epic ring, a big chunky necklace, big bangles, all together. That too is a look -- but not for your capsule collection.

Silver, gold or ...?

This is a very personal, and often trend-driven choice, and a preference that will change from time to time. If you have a very strong preference one way, go for it! But, if you want to mix things up a bit, I find wearing at least one mixed-metal piece will help you mix and match gold and silver pieces quite easily.